SAINT LOUIS – The 2019 Billiken Baseball roster has been hard at work over the course of the summer. Through the midway point of July, the Saint Louis crew are finding success along the way as the fall begins to loom.
Griffin Robinson has made the most of his summer at-bats and has collected a .271 average in the process. Overall, the junior has three doubles and a pair of triples to go along with six RBI.
Taking an opportunity in the St. Louis Metro League, Braxton Stowe put together a great first half of baseball which led to his selection to the Metro League All-Star team. Stowe hit .377 with eight doubles and three home runs with just seven strikeouts.
After dealing with a bit of adversity at the plate early, Zach Frieling is getting more comfortable at the plate with every passing day. In his last three games, the Billiken infielder is hitting .461 in his last three games with a double and his first home run on July 12.
Ben Livorsi, who saw limited but critical opportunities last season, is off to a big summer and has been named to the Perfect Game League All-Star team. Livorsi has racked-up 21 hits and four home runs to go along with 19 RBI.
Cole Dubet continued a big spring into the summer with the Florence Red Wolves. The Billiken second baseman is hitting .315 with 17 hits and five doubles. While he may be having among the most successful summers of the returners, the newcomers are also feeling it at the plate.
Heading into his junior season, Jake Garella will have an opportunity to impress at a high level beginning in the coming days. The Billiken right fielder is set to debut with the Bourne Braves in the Cape Cod League over the course of the following week after spending some time gaining necessary flight hours for his degree in the early days of summer.
Tyler Reichenborn, one of the top transfers to Saint Louis this season out of Iowa Western, is having a monster summer at the dish for the Willmar Stingers in the Northwoods League. The junior is not only hitting .374, but was named to the All-Star Team and was selected to compete in the home run derby.
On the mound, the Billikens have put together some solid innings as well.
Jackson Wark has just three appearances with the Peninsula Pilots in the Coastal Plains League, but has made the most of those outings. He currently boasts a 1.93 ERA with eight strikeouts in 4.2 innings pitched.
Connor Lehmann recorded a single start and made it count for the Vermont Mountaineers. In the outing, the redshirt senior went five solid innings and allowed just one run with five strikeouts.
Luke Sommerfeld made five appearances with the Florence Red Wolves this season and racked-up nine strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA in 5.2 innings pitched with four saves.
In terms of strikeouts, Grant Fremion leads the list of Billikens with 18 in 19 innings this summer. Colin Townsend checks-in second on that list with 16 on the year while Ryan Lefner fanned 12 batters in 16 innings in the Cape Cod League. For Lefner, entering his senior season, it is a big experience playing in what most consider the top collegiate summer wood bat league.
For Townsend, however, competing in the California Collegiate Wood Bat League, a big summer could mean great things for the Billikens come the spring. The sophomore from San Juan Capistrano, Calif., struggled in just one outing this season and up until allowing six runs last Thursday, allowed just two over the course of 17 innings and five outings.